APRIL 2022 Online & In-Person New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities



Encourage your participation in the following on-line history & cultural events:

DOZENS OF ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES AT THE BRANCHES OF THE ABC LIBRARY SYSTEM, Go to abqlibrary.org to review listing by location, days and times !


DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS, 10 AM, DOWNTOWN CENTRAL (1ST – 8TH ST.)  Meet at the corner of 1st and Central SW by Tucano’s Restaurant. Sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society. Parking is not free so be sure to pay meters, parking lots, or parking garages. Tours continue no matter the weather.

ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM APRIL 24, 2pm,  In person tour of the NM Veterans Memorial Library, 1100 Louisiana SE presented by librarian Teresa La Chance.  website, albuqhistsoc.org.

DO YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS EACH MONTH TO HELP THE WHEELS MUSEUM? Volunteers are needed so the Museum can be open more; run the model railroad trains, also help needed with events, marketing, fund raising. Call Leba Freed at 243-6269.

APRIL 5, 9, 12, 19, 23, 30 Raindrop Foundation, 7901 Mountain Rd. NE presents Dialogue and Friendship dinners to better understand the holy month of Ramadan. Free but RSVP for limited dinner space. /call 859-3751, Also on Facebook.

APRIL 7-9, advance and in person registration still available at the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NEW MEXICO CONFERENCE at NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Go to hsnm.org for information.

APRIL 1, 10 am-5 pm, all day free admission – 1st Friday, Balloon Museum

APRIL 2, 1 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, How to do Genetic Genealogy Correctly ? – presented by Angel Cervantes. Presented by the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

 APRIL 2, 9-11:30 amHelp Clean-up Historic Fairview Cemetery,  700 Yale SE. Come hoe tumbleweeds and goat heads and spread mulch. The cemetery is open dawn to dusk and accessible through the gates of Fairview Memorial Park. Wear hard soled shoes & bring your own tools. Trash bags provided.  www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org or facebook.com/HistoricFairviewCemetery. “Where the Past meets the Present”.

APRIL 2, 2 pm, free. Denise Tessier speaks on “Spellbinding Dramas within these walls: History of NM District Courthouses-Sensational Cases and Events”. Sponsored by the Taos County Historical Society, Kit Carson Elec Co-op Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta. More info call 575-770-0681. Part of the Historical Society of NM speakers bureau.

APRIL 2, 4 pm, free. Learn about one of ABQ’s most beloved 1950s planned communities: HOFFMANTOWN, a documentary by the City with lots of historic photos and interviews of early residents. Tony Hillerman Library, 8205 Apache NE (near Menaul / Wyoming).

APRIL 2, 4-6 pm, Sumner Dene Gallery, 517 Central NW. Open house, part of Art Crawl.

APRIL 2, 8:30 am-11am. Car show in the parking lot of National Hispanic Cultural Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield will offer free health screenings and Vitalant will have a blood drive. This honors all medical workers and first responders. 1701 4th St. SW. nhccnm.org.

APRIL 2, 2-4 pm, free. Showing of “Sacred Planet” narrated by Robert Redford (stunning photography of the earth) – “movie matinee” at Special Collections Library, Edith & Central NE.

APRIL 2, 12 noon, EGG hunt; 1 pm, Eggs ‘N Beggin” Dog Parade. Sponsored by Rio Rancho Parks, Rec. and Community Services Dept., 2307 Cabezon Rec. Center, 2307 Cabezon NE. 505-891-5015.

APRIL 2/3 10 am-6 pm, admission. Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest. Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE.

APRIL 3, 8am-12 noon, free. Bosque Wild Guided Hike. Meet at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW. Call 768-4960 for more info or depps@cabq.gov.

APRIL 2/3, 12 noon, admission. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. In-person, admission fee.  Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

APRIL 3. 10, 17, 24 —  Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum and the City’s International Balloon Museum.

APRIL 3, 12:30 pm, free. Dance performance by Flamenco de Abo at the Manzano Mountain Art Council, 101 E. Broadway, Mountainair.   Donations accepted.

APRIL 4, 7 PM, free. . Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos Alan Carr speaks about Manhattan, the view from Los Alamos of History’s most secret project. Los Alamos Historical Society. More info at losalamoshistory.org.

APRIL 6, 12 noon – 1pm, free by Zoom. RSVP,  Gordon Bronitsky tells about Miguel Trujillo, NM’s unknown Civil Rights Hero who helped gain the right to vote for New Mexico native Americans. More info on the Friends of NM History Museum Facebook page.

APRIL 6, 9am-5pm. Free admission on 1st Wednesday, ABQ Museum. 

APRIL 7, 4 pm, free. UNM Zimmerman Library, sponsored by the Center for SW Research. Rena Martin discusses Sacred Dine Landscapes.

APRIL 7, 7 pm, free. Hispanic and Latine Writer Series present award winning author Ana Castillo.  Theatre at National Hispanic Cultural Center, nhccnm.org.

APRIL 7 begins a six week ukelele class for all ages at the Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Branch Library, 897-8823. Registration capped at 16 students.

APRIL 7/8, 11 am and every Thursday/Fri. in APRIL in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

APRIL 8, 1 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Asian Influenza Pandemic 1957/58 vs. Covid 19 – presented by Angel Cervantes. Part of the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

APRIL 8, 5-8 pm, free, In-person, Albuquerque Artwalk – downtown Albuquerque. At Gold & 7th St. there will be food, artists and live music. Meet the artists in person. Street music and vendors. Most artists will be along Central. Download map and descriptions at abqartwalk.com.

APRIL 9/10, 12 noon, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

APRIL 9, 10:30 am, in person, free. Ever Changing, Ever Growing –Joe Sabatini presents a history of ABQ’s motels beginning in the 1920s to the present. using post card images.  Special Collections Branch Library, Edith & Central NE. 848-1376. Be aware of parking regulations on surrounding streets.

APRIL 9, 1 -3 pm, in-person, free. Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Santeros of the Classic Period in NM, 1795-1845More info by calling Aaron Gardner at 898-3915 or agardner@cabq.gov.

APRIL 9, 10 am-4 pm, free. Camino Real Trade Fair. Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6028 Isleta SW. Sponsored by Bernalillo County.

APRIL 9, free. Snail Mail Social as part of National Card and Letter Writing Month. Special Collections Library. Edith and Central NE.

APRIL 9, 7-10 pm, free. STAR PARTY – family fun. Come look at the stars using telescopes around the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW

APRIL 10, 1-2 pm, free. Nikesha Breezi discusses her connections to Blackdom, NM along with the historical narrative of African diasporic body and Afro futures. Part of the Facing the Rising Sun exhibit. ABQ Museum. More info at cabq.gov/museum.

APRIL 10, 2 pm, free, in-person. Sandoval County Historical Society presents Tales and Memories of the Past in Placitas, presented by Ora Correa. DeLavy House, off Highway 550 in Bernalillo. Turn in between the IHOP and the Santa Ana Star Casino. More info at sandovalhistory.org.

APRIL 11, 12 noon, free, Zoom. Press Women presents Kent Walz and Collee Hield from the ABQ Journal speaking on Guardianship Laws in NM. These are laws that allow nonfamily members to assert legal guardianship over the elderly. They will discuss efforts to reform these laws. Contact Linda Lockett at lockettabq@comcast.net to get the link to the program.

APRIL 12, 9:30 am, free, in-person. Colcha Community Stich Along. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

 APRIL 12, free but $5 donation suggested. Pueblo Book Club in person or virtual. Without Reservations: the Cartoons by Ricardo Cate. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. indianpueblo.org. 

APRIL 13, 3:30-4:45, SUPERMAN’S JEWISH ORIGINS. UNM Student Union Building.

APRIL 14/15, 11 am, person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at nhccnm.org

APRIL 14, 6 PM, free virtual program at Book Works. Anne Hillerman discusses her new book, Sacred Bridge. Go to bkwrks.com to sign up.

APRIL 15 & 18, VERNAL HOLIDAY, ABQ Public Schools


APRIL 16/17, 12 noon, in person, admission fee. Cultural Dance Program representing various pueblos. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

APRIL 16, 1 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, DNA and New Mexico family History – presented by Angel Cervantes. Presented by the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

APRIL 16, 11 am, admission. Celebration of the Apollo 16 Anniversary. Museum of Natural History in Old Town.


APRIL 17-21, Different times, check the website, free. Afro-Mundo Festival. Music, dance, film at various locations. Discussion of racism and racial politics. National Hispanic Cultural Center.

APRIL 18, 7 pm, free. Los Alamos Robert Oppenheimer’s Greatest Legacy present by renowned biographer James Kunetka at the Los Alamos High School Duane Smith Auditorium. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society,  losalamoshistory.org.

APRIL 20, 2 Pm, free, Zoom. Sharing the Story: the descendants of the Crypto-Jews of NM presented by Norma Libman and Isabelle Sandoval. Sponsored by the NM Jewish Historical SocietyGo to nmjhs.org for more info.

APRIL 21, 5-8pm, free, in person. Third Thursday “Live After 5”,   music, make your own craft. ABQ Museum.  cabq.gov/museum.

APRIL 21/22, 11 am, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at nhccnm.org.

APRIL 22 EARTH DAY- Invest in our Planet, Various events around ABQ. earthday.org.

APRIL 23, 10AM – 6:30 pm, free. In person pilgrimage and evening virtual program. Stories, Memories, Legacies, The Santa Fe Internment Camp and its Historical Marker.  More info and register at NM Humanities Council website, nmhum.org.

APRIL 23, 2 pm, free. John Taylor speaks about the Civil War in New Mexico. Los Lunas Museum, 251 Main St., Call 352-7720 for more info.

APRIL 23,  11AM-12 NOON, free. Tour of Special Collections Library (constructed in 1925) RSVP at 505-8481376. 423 Central NE. Please note parking restrictions on streets around library.

APRIL 24, 2 pm, free. In-person. Albuquerque Historical Society program. Annual Meeting and tour of the NM Veterans Memorial Center Library. Tour led by librarian Teresa La Chance, 1100 Louisiana SEalbuqhistsoc.org.

APRIL 24, 2 pm, free, in person at the Corrales Old Church. The Corrales Historical Society presents The Four Legged Bootlegger, A Tale of NM Mounted Police, presented by expert Chuck Hornung. Sponsored by the Historical Society of NM Speakers Bureau. contact swinstead15@gmail.com.

APRIL 28/29, 11 am and every Thursday/Fri. in APRIL in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. More info at nhccnm.org.

APRIL 30, 1 pm, $20. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETIC HISTORY, Genetic Ancestry Testing and Fighting Crime – presented by Angel Cervantes. Presented by the New Mexico DNA project and Iberian Peninsula DNA Institute. Payment must be by postal mail. Contact angelrcervantes@gmail.com for postal address and to register.

APRIL 30, 11:30-1 PM, free. We speak for the Trees: Story Telling and Songs for the  Family by Bob Kanegis and Regina Ress. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW.

APRIL 30 – MAY 1, 12 noon, in person, admission fee. Spring Art Market with some 45 artists in the courtyard. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.

AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION AT UNM, iaie.unm.edu. Watch several previously recorded programs about Native American education, the Dine language and more.

EL RANCHO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS, Celebrating 50 years. Go to Golondrinas.org and click on the Facebook icon on the right to watch a variety of past programs. Examples are: The Truchas Mill, El Horno, Sheep to Blanket, Chile & Wild Greens, NM Remedios.

NEW MEXICO HUMANITIES COUNCIL has numerous programs on their YouTube Channel including What Public Memorials mean in New Mexico, A Tribute to Rudolpho Anaya, Creating a Multi Cultural NM. Go to their website www.nmhumanities.org. Blackdom,  a panel discussion about the southern NM town founded in 1903. There are programs about the French in New Mexico, Japanese Internment camps during WW II, Women’s Suffrage and the Rio Grande. Go to nmhum.org  You tube channel.

HISTORIC SANTA FE FOUNDATION (historicSantaFe.org) offers many free programs to watch: Ron Duncan Hart speaking on the Early Jews in NM; Rob Martinez – The Enduring Hispanic Music of NM.

The Wheels Museum, 1100 2nd St. SW is open. Times are Monday-Thursday, 9am-12 noon. Call first to confirm, 243-6269 or info@wheelsmuseum.org.

Commemoration of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote. Various Speakers including elected officials, poets, One Albuquerque Media Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/OneABQMedia/videos/321398079104075

MURALS OF ALBUQUERQUE (www.murosabq.com) This shows over 130 murals in the ABQ metro area. You click on each picture and it shows the mural, gives its title and address, describes the image, and the artists.

ONLINE TOUR OF THE 15 HISTORIC MURALS AT THE INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER The tour gives details  of the artist and the dance or ritual illustrated in the mural. https://indianpueblo.org/pueblos-pigments-and-prominence-the-murals-of-ipcc/

Virtual Tour of the Downtown Main Library, 1975. Presented by Modern Albuquerque and sponsored by the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. More information including the YouTube link to the live stream is on their Events page. See www.modernabq.org/events

Cibola County History Museum, 525 West High St., Grants NMSocial distancing and masks required. Go to cibolaHistory.org for more information.

OASIS SENIOR LEARNING IS PROVIDING ONLINE PROGRAMS. Contact 884-4529 or visit albuquerque.oasisnet.org for more information.

NUCLEAR MUSEUM – The Museum has a huge collection of oral history interviews (also transcribed) called Voices of the Manhattan Project. There are some 600 interviews of individuals who were either at the Manhattan Project or a family member who worked there. The  interviews are organized into 39 categories such as: Internment of Japanese Americans, Life in the Secret cities,  Hispanic employees, Native American. https://www.nuclearmuseum.org/educate/atomic-heritage-foundation  https://www.manhattanprojectvoices.org/

EAST MOUNTAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY announces the recorded program of Rt. 66 and Historic NM License PlatesGo to EastMountainHistory.org/recorded.html  to view.


Historic Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE. invites anyone to come and hoe tumbleweeds and goat heads. The cemetery is open dawn to dusk and accessible through the gates of Fairview Memorial Park. Wear hard soled shoes & bring your own tools.   www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org or Facebook.com/HistoricFairviewCemetery. “Where the Past meets the Present.

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WW II – The War Years: Selected Images from the NM Digital Collection. Go to the website of the Center for SW Research/Zimmerman Library,  Elibrary.unm.edu/cswr/


THE NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM has put many programs on Facebook or YouTube including The Santa Fe River in NM History presented by William Mee, ex. director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association and Andy Otto from Agua Fria. There are six videos telling the story of The Harvey Girls. YouTube https://www.YouTube.com /user/NM museum . Look up the titles. More info at the NM History Museum website, nmhistorymuseum.org.
For Facebook, click on: https://www.facebook.com/events/3051120368304586/
For YouTube, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/user/NMmus

TRIBUTES TO AUTHOR RUDOLFO ANAYA AND LINKS TO HIS ARCHIVES AT THE UNM CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST RESEARCH https://anaya.unm.edu Because of Rudolfo Anaya’s literary and cultural significance to New Mexico and to honor his legacy, UNM Libraries’ Department of Digital Initiative and Scholarly Resources (DISC) created the Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive, a comprehensive online guide to his life and work. Oral histories, draft manuscripts, book covers, and an extensive bibliography of Anaya resources are available in the online archive. CSWR staff, and indeed, the entire UNM Libraries community is deeply saddened by Mr. Anaya’s death, one of New Mexico’s great writers and cultural icons.  While his passing is a great loss, by placing his papers with CSWR he left an incredible gift to New Mexico. His work will be treasured and preserved in perpetuity in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections for future generations to enjoy. For detailed descriptions of the material in the Rudolfo A. Anaya Papers please see the CSWR finding aid at  https://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=nmu1mss321bc.xml#crit To access the Rudolfo A. Anaya Digital Archive, please visit https://anaya.unm.edu/

Many museums now have virtual tours. Many museums and history organizations are providing free lectures & programs by using Zoom, YouTube or the Facebook page of the organization.(Note: you do NOT have to be a Facebook user to view the Facebook page of many organizations). Some of these require pre-registration so you may receive a “specific link and password”. The programs are recorded to watch later. Most programs are free but some groups are requiring payment of a fee prior to getting a link or password to access the site.


Many of the museums and cultural centers in the ABQ metro area have put programming on their websites, Facebook pages or YouTube links. This includes everything from:

  • concerts, history lectures, video tours of various museum collections,
  • photograph pod casts, curriculum and study guides for children, audio interviews,

All of this is free and even “low tech” individuals can navigate these websites There are YouTube channels available at no cost to watch to all. You are urged to explore many websites but especially these:

  • CORONADO HISTORIC SITE – Watch numerous programs from the website of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site. Kuaua.org/presentations. You can also just listen by phone. All info on their website.
  • NEW MEXICO HISTORY IN TEN MINUTES (newmexicohistory.org) On the home page, go to the bottom and click on Video of the Month. The entire list of episodes will appear by clicking on the corner of the video. NM State Historian Rob Martinez is most engaging and informative and there are more than 40 Episodes. The episodes may be heard in chronological order or by topic which is introduced in the first minute or so of the episode.
  • NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER (www.nhccnm.orgLa Hilacha Podcast-numerous podcasts including the 1918 Pandemic: What does History teach us by NM State Historian Rob Martinez. There are many videos about NM history related topics from the La Canoa series including Nina Otero Warren, New Mexican 20th Century Mujerota. You may visit various exhibits.
  • NEW MEXICO PBS PODCASTS ON WOMEN & THE RIGHT TO VOTE. go to NewMexicoPBS.org/new-mexico-and-the-vote-podcast/
  • ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum Picture This! Podcast – short 5-6 minute podcasts (combo of voice and photographs) by Museum photo archivist Jill Hartke. The podcasts include: baseball in ABQ, downtown businesses in the early 1920s, local photos from 1969-1970, Lovelace astronauts, Streetcars and Motorettes (ABQ 1907-1920s).
  • CIVIC AUDITORIUM HISTORY VIDEO (1957-1986) www.modernabq.org. Go to the Resources Tab, then the drop down to the three Civic Auditorium videos. They tell the story of the structure: why it was built, how it was used and why it was ultimately demolished.
  • OUR FAIR NEW MEXICO: A VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES OF NM MUSIC http://www.newmexicoculture.org/virtualconcerts. There are numerous concerts by NM artists ranging from harpist Otilio Ruiz, Jemez flutist Marlon Magdalena, Lone Pinon, Dos Gatos, and Rob Martinez playing Northern NM music.
  • INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER (indianpueblo.org)  You may read about current and past exhibits. These include Matriarchs at the Heart of Pueblo Families and Recipes from a Pueblo Kitchen. The website also gives an overview of each of the 19 NM pueblos and lists the individual websites. Go to NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.gov for links to the Smithsonian, National Endowment for Humanities, National Park Service, National Archives, Teacher resources and more.
  • COULD COLUMBUS HAVE BEEN JEWISH AND SHOULD WE CARE? (YouTube) presented by Norma Libman  and the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. Use this link. To contact Norma directly go to her website www.normalibman.com.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4pesp7e8EmbyZJmt4ze9oQ/
  • LAS CRUCES MUSEUM SYSTEM has many interesting history programs on their website/Facebook Page/YouTube. On line at the Las Cruces Museum Facebook page. www.facebook.com/LCmuseums/   Call 575-541-2154 for more information, Kayla Myers las-cruces.org/1523/museum. Branigan Center.
  • HOLOCAUST MUSEUM and GELLERT EDUCATION CENTER NM, 616 Central SW. Go to the website nmholocaustmuseum.org. Questions call 247-0606.


The Albuquerque Historical Society provides videos of scheduled program presentations that are live-streamed to the Society’s Facebook page. If viewed live, the Facebook live-stream event allows those who are unable to attend the opportunity to participate in the question and answer session following the event.  The video presentations are permanently available in the “Videos” section of the AHS Facebook page, on the AHS YouTube Channel, as well as linked to from the appropriate AHS Program pages. Presentations captured on Facebook videos to date include: